With The Superbowl coming , I thought it was a perfect time to share my favorite homemade hot sauce recipe.
A few tips: ALWAYS wear gloves when cleaning or handling hot peppers, and always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 cup of diced red onion
3 cups of diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 medium chili peppers
4 habanero peppers, seeded
1 cup of distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
1. Over medium heat in a large saucepan, heat oil and add the onion, chili peppers, habanero peppers and garlic. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown. Stir continuously.
2. Reduce heat. Add the vinegar, tomatoes, salt and sugar. Stir until the tomatoes break down. Roughly 6 minutes.
3. Place mixture in blender and blend until a puree is formed.
4. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
5. Let mixture cool for an hour.
There you have it. Pretty simple and can be done in under an hour. This sauce is delicious on just about anything
Just finished watching Obama on T.V. What a fool! He did not do anything but use smoke and mirrors to take the credit or place the Blame on Congress and the Senate! I as a gun Owner do want more gun Control laws. Laws that protect my rights to own a gun! I think a good program would have been to fund the training of teachers on Gun Usages. To put together a program in which Teachers get the gun from the government to use to protect the class rooms. We need laws that allows me to protect my family and to Conceal and Carry that is a national law not by state. I should be able to carry from State to State without worry about state laws! As for Assault Rifles I really never thought the average hunter needs one. I do not really need one. I understand my fellow gun owners and how they want to have one. But really do we need Assault rifles. I feel we should limit the mag size. I know a lot of my friends are going to get mad but really do we need large mags to protect our homes or hunt? I think the government should for every law abiding citizen have tax breaks for when they take class on gun safety. I think we should get tax breaks for buying gun safes for our homes. These types of laws would go further to make our children safe then what he said to today
Using SCUBA diving to get in shape
A guest editorial from PADI Master Instructor Derek Zeller
First of all, this is my first time doing this so understand that I may not understand the intricacies and delicacies of guest writing a blog but here is a go just as well!
When I first started diving I was horribly out of shape. My family thought it would be a great way for me to be active, lose weight, and follow a family hobby. Begrudgingly I went along with the idea while living in the desert of Yuma, AZ. I learned, the way everyone does, in a pool. I loved it the freedom was spectacular and the weightlessness was amazing. I had never felt so free in the environment. Being in a pool with no current or effort of waves, surge, and the sense of a small child wonderment of all the things swimming by I was elated at the time I could spend under water.
I of course went to the ocean with the same gleeful expectations. I was not fully disappointed yet my time under the water was decidedly less then I had done in the pool. I had learned the first unwritten lesson of diving. Get in shape to dive, not the other way around.
Now, I am not saying you need to be Mike Phelps to be have a great time diving nor do you need to be under a 100lbs. You should have some good muscle strength though if you can. Light weight lifting, walking, bicycling, etc. can help increase blood flow and with it the better process of oxygen helping you process and ration the air in your tank. The other things to consider though are the things you can control right away such as smoking, alcohol, over the counter drugs, etc. that may preclude the best experience you could have. Any good instructor will go over the dangers of these if you have decided to spend most of your life ignoring the labels and articles of the dangers over the last years.
The point is that the better breathing capacity you have the longer you have to stay under the water and enjoy the experience below. Being in good shape is common sense that few of us display and you don’t need to go to a gym to get there. Just do some exercise, eat a little better, and keep off the things that your body does need. Remember, today is the day!! Make it yours!
Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners
While watching the exciting moments of scuba diving on television, you have always wished for a similar experience. Well, it is not so easy to go for scuba diving. But if you follow the below-mentioned tips then you will learn it in a better way.
a) Always go for a perfect fitting scuba dive gear. The mask you wear must be comfortable and check that there is no scope for water leakage. The BCD must be snug enough and it should not ride around in the water. Booties and fins should be comfortable and should not cause discomfort or blisters.
b) Always monitor the air supply. You should always practice to control and reduce your air consumption. Try to swim slowly and efficiently and dont waive your arms around or make rapid body movements. Take long slow inhalations and exhale equally long. Dont hold your breath. For safe scuba diving and slow ascends, you need to have air in your tank. Therefore always check for air consumption.
c) If you want to go scuba diving photography then, first be confident that you are a skilful diver. Understand buoyancy, scuba breathing, and refine your waterman ship before you try to become an expert in underwater photography.
d) If you want to go for a boat dive, then arrive early to the dive boat, find a good spot, and set up your scuba dive gear before the boat even leaves the dock. Keep mask, fins, and other loose scuba diving equipment in a mesh bag under your seat so that you can easily reach them and they remain unharmed. Always wear sun block. Drink plenty of water and while planning your dive entry know how to get back on board after the dive.
d) Avoid too much lead as part of your dive kit because it hurt your ability to dive comfortably and safely. Too much lead will require that you put a lot of air in your BCD, adding unnecessary weigh as you swim. However, less lead will have you constantly working to stay down. Therefore wear just enough scuba diving weight.
e) Beginners, remember you always need a checkout dive. Before going for a scuba diving trip, assemble the scuba gear and go diving off the beach or in some controlled circumstances. Check all the equipment, whether they are working fine, you are properly weighted and you are comfortable in the water. Then practice your scuba breathing and buoyancy.
f) Always remain within the no-decompression limits and ascend slowly on every dive. Do not swim directly to the surface from depth. Rather, on each and every dive you make, pause your ascent for a minute or two at 20 feet, and again at
10 feet to make preventative decompression stops
g) Remember to wear a hood. It should be the first piece of thermal protection you consider because up to 40 percent of your heat loss is through your head.
h) If your wetsuit or dry suit lets in too much cold water, discard that immediately. Go for a fairly tight fit suit where you can expand your chest fully. Repair broken zippers and split seams and pay special attention to the neck opening.
i) If you do not want to suffer from huge heat loss then go for a full length suit in an area where the water is too cold.
j) Between dives, always towel off the suit and wear a parka or a windbreaker, or take off the suit and dry off. Also, dry your hair and wear a hat.
k) Use wetsuits in shallow water because they compress in proportion to the depth. Compression flattens the bubbles, which are the suit's only insulation. Also, breathing air under less pressure chills you less.
l) Get a vest or step-in jacket, preferably with a hood attached, to add warmth to a full-length wetsuit.
m) Always choose neoprene for your scuba diving suit.
n) If you have uncontrollable shivering in water then immediately come up and get warm because this is the warning sign of hypothermia.
Now go and enjoy your scuba diving!
More than two thirds of the planet is underwater. The underwater world is home to hundreds of thousands of different animals and plants. Most land lubbers will never see these life forms in their natural habitat. Incredible underwater vistas, spectacular coral formations, lush aquatic plants and exotic wildlife all await those who are willing to strap on scuba gear and venture into the hidden underwater world. If you are one of the adventurous souls who isn't simply content to see marine life on TV or on a plate served up with butter, then scuba diving may be just the thing you need to inject a bit of adrenaline into your next tropical vacation.
Give Scuba Test Dive
Scuba, short for self-contained breathing apparatus, draws those who yearn for adventure. But, before you invest beau coup bucks into extensive training and equipment, take the sport for a test dive to see how you like it. Many die-hard scuba divers first got their fins wet taking resort scuba classes. These courses provide you with all the equipment you need and acquaint you with the gear and the basics skills you'll need. Then you go out for an ocean dive in a group with an instructor present. You can only go to a maximum depth of 10 meters, or 33 feet, but that is plenty deep to get a taste for what the sport is about and to create some unforgettable tropical memories.
While boat diving is typically much easier than shore diving where you have to battle the incoming waves, there are still tips and tricks to make getting back on the boat a breeze.
Picture this…your dive has ended and you are in a peaceful state of mind, but the boat, swim platform and ladders are bucking like a bronco and you have to “wrangle the beast” to get back on the boat without killing your post dive euphoria.
If you follow these easy steps you can successfully get back on any boat:
1. Give the crew of the vessel a OK.
2. Make sure your mask is on your face and your regulator is in your mouth
3. Deflate your BC until there is no air left in it
4. Now approach the ladder from underwater so that you are underneath the last wrung
5. With one hand grab hold of the last rung and allow yourself to hang like a monkey from a trapeze letting the energy of the bucking ladders be absorbed through your single arm.
6. With the other hand remove one fin and either put it on your wrist (if it is an open heel fin) or get a good grip of it in your hand (if it is a full foot fin)
7. Now switch hands and repeat the removal of the other fin
8. With both fins off it is time to ascend the ladder. Make no bones about it, the faster you get up ladder the better experience you will have. Make sure you physically look down as you place your first foot on the bottom rung of the ladder. Allow your own weight to hold the ladder down and proceed to climb the ladder as quickly as possible. Be sure to keep your regulator in your mouth and your mask on your face until you are all the way back on the boat
These steps are simple but it never hurts to practice them in calm conditions to really get the hang of it.
Contact me to learn more about Boat Diving and I can help you get set up on the best dive boats in South Florida!
James G’s Coconut Jungle Soup
this comes from DVM founder James G.
-1 bouillon cube (chicken works best)
-Whatever Veggies or Meat you have leftover
This is an old recipe I learned from an Indonesian friend from Banka Island in Indonesia.
Pop the top off of the Coconut (being careful not to spill too much of the milk), toss in a quarter (or more depending on the size of the coconut) of the bouillon cube and any veggies or meat you have. Place the coconut on some hot coals from your campfire until it boils – POW, James G’s Coconut Jungle Soup